Chumash Honored for Language Efforts at Native Californian Language Conference

mathias | March 31, 2011

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians were honored last week at the 34th Annual California Conference on American Indian Education in LA for their help with Assembly Bill 544: Native American Languages Credentialing – which allows them to develop criteria for fluency and award credentials – as well as Assembly Bill 2089, which kept [...]

Indigenous Tweets

mathias | March 31, 2011

One of the best way to practice your Native language fluency and keep up with contemporary vocabulary is by deciphering Indigenous Tweets. Many Native languages are featured including Hawaiian, Cherokee, Mikmaq and Inuktitut! Comic from Grimmy by Mike Peters 03/25/2011. For more information, refer to Living Languages.

Cherokee Google Interface

mathias | March 28, 2011

Cherokee made big news as Google launched an interface entirely in the Cherokee syllabary, which is one of several non-English language interfaces including Hawaiian. Since Cherokee people google a lot just like anyone else, it’s easy to wean themselves off classic google phrases and on to Cherokee equivalents, plus it offers a syllabary keyboard in [...]

Preserving Shoshone and Bannock

mathias | March 26, 2011

In hope of preserving two Numic (Uto-Aztecan) languages of the Great Basin spoken by closely affiliated cultures: Shoshone and Bannock, Mark Gabrylczyk (Blackfoot) presented information on the benefits of immersion at the Blackfoot School District board meeting. Pedagogical tools and language classes are needed for success; the first step is to procure funding. The Shoshone-Bannock [...]

Cherokee Language Immersion Booming

mathias | March 25, 2011

Emily Steele, editor-in-chief Den News recently wrote a column about the endangered status of Cherokee, how she found out about language loss through watching The Linguists (2008), and how fortunate she is Apple is helping Cherokee. Although Cherokee has 12,000-22,000 speakers, which is pretty healthy for a Native language (though the Eastern dialects are severely [...]

Horse Language

mathias | March 24, 2011

Reportedly, in addition to having Plains Indian Sign Language, various signals like smoke signals, mirror signals, drum beat codes, fire arrows, and so forth Plains Indians were very good at reading animal body language, particularly that of horses, which ties into differences in their treatment of horses than Western treatment. Take the workshop on this [...]

Watch an Inuktitut Documentary on Climate Change in NYC

mathias | March 24, 2011

Watch the world’s first Inuktitut documentary on climate change “Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change” by Zacharias Kunuk and Ian Mauro at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theatre, on Sunday the 27th at 2 PM EST. Elders explain their visions and insights about the future of their homeland, a voice often [...]

Work as a Native Language Expert

mathias | March 24, 2011

Do you have any level degree in linguistics? Would you like to read articles on Native American languages all day for a job, in Norman, Oklahoma, around where the University of Oklahoma is, along with a huge Native population. Apply to work at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History as a curator in [...]

Language Teaching Gets Very Unique in 2011

mathias | March 17, 2011

Language teachers all over the globe are starting to get more creative with their curricula. One noteworthy example of this is the book Mangajin’s Basic Japanese Through Comics, which has students translating speech bubbles in order to get their beloved manga fix. While underrepresented, there has likewise been a surge of creativity in Native language [...]

Métis Language Play

mathias | March 16, 2011

The Winnipeg Free Press reviewed a new play called “Li Rvinant” by Rhéal Cenerini that is entirely in the Mitchif language at le Cercle Molière until April 2. Tickets are $26 dollars or $13-$24 for students. Mitchif is essentially a French-Cree creole formerly spoken by the Métis Nation, with smatterings of words from neighboring tongues [...]

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